MOTHER’S Day is that one special day in the year when people let their mother know how very special she is.
In the UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in the month of Lent. Since the days of Lent are not fixed, the date for Mother’s Day keeps on changing as well. However, the emotions remain the same.
The feelings associated with the day are much alike those in the rest of the world that is to express gratitude towards our mother.
It is an opportunity for children to let their mother know that she is special and loved and cared for. Mother’s Day is the contemporary version of the original name – ‘Mothering Sunday’.
The occasion has a long history, which dates back to as far as the year 1600.
During that time, the poor used to send their children to work as domestic servants in the homes of a higher class of people.
Once in a year, these children were given leave for a day, so that they could visit their Mother Church as well as their own mother.
The day coincided with the middle Sunday of the fasting period of Lent. It was known as ‘Refreshment Sunday’ or ‘Mid-Lent Sunday’. The children would visit their church and then head straight to meet their own mother. While the boys would present their mother with flowers, girls would go a step further by presenting them freshly baked handmade cakes, which were also called ‘Simnel Cakes’. With time, the holiday came to be known as ‘Mothering Sunday’.
The day is celebrated with lot of excitement and enthusiasm.
Children at Sunday Schools used to be given a little card to present to their mums and schoolchildren often made a Mother’s Day card.
Some even still follow the tradition of making a rich almond cake for their mother, which is often called ‘Mothering Cake’.